What keeps us from floating away? Earth’s gravity! This invisible force keeps our feet on the ground and the moon in our sky. This title introduces young students to the awesome power of gravity, on our planet and in the black holes in galaxies far away.
On June 19, 1865 – two years after the Emancipation Proclamation – Galveston, Texas became the last place in the country to learn the slaves were free. Today, Juneteenth is a joyful occasion with parades, speeches, music, and more! This engaging book teaches the fascinating origins and traditions of Juneteenth, honoring the freedom of African Americans.
In the United States, Labor Day honors American workers. What started as a small labor union festival in 1882 has become a national holiday. Every first Monday in September, many schools and businesses close, and parades pop up across the country! This informative title explains the history and many transformations of Labor Day.
With its 3,000-year-old beginnings, Passover is one of the world’s most ancient holidays. From the Exodus story to modern matzah bread hunts, this title showcases Passover’s long history and present-day traditions. Young readers will get an in-depth look at this celebration of freedom!
Rain or shine, a farmer’s work is never done. Farmers grow crops, raise livestock, and gather eggs and milk. Young readers will get an inside look at a day in the life of these important community members!
Where would we be without garbage collectors? They pick up our trash, help sort our recycling, and keep our neighborhoods clean. In this book, young readers will learn about the hardworking individuals who collect our trash.
Finding the right book can be daunting, but librarians are here to help! They buy books for the library, track down information, and even host read-a-louds. In this engaging title, beginning readers will learn all about how librarians support and shape our communities.
Uh-oh, the car won’t start. Better call a mechanic! Mechanics test, care for, and repair the machines that keep our world running. This informative title helps readers understand the busy world of these community helpers.
Fluffy and sturdy, Alaskan malamutes were born for life on the ice! Mals are one of the oldest dog breeds and started as sled dogs on long hunting trips with indigenous Alaskans. From the Gold Rush to Antarctica, they’ve been exploring the world ever since. Young dog lovers will delight in this fact-filled title on these fluffy, hardworking companions.
Did you know Irish Wolfhounds stand 7 feet tall on their back legs? They are the tallest dogs in the world! Once ancient war dogs, these loving hounds now make affectionate family pets. Beginning readers will learn all about the long history of these gentle giants in this book featuring maps, traits, and other information on these four-legged giants.
At 200 pounds, mastiffs are the world’s heaviest dogs. Centuries ago, they were bred as fighting dogs, but today these massive pups are gentle, lazy companions. Young readers will love learning about the history, character traits, trainability, and other facts surrounding these floppy-eared giants.
Don’t be deceived by their tiny stature – Scottish terriers are some of the toughest little dogs around! These smart, stubborn pets are excellent diggers and loyal friends! Early readers will be enthralled with the adventurous world of Scotties.
Sleepy badgers can nap for 29 hours at a time! These burrowing critters love some shut-eye, but they are effective predators and fierce fighters, too. This title for beginning readers goes deep inside the American badger’s life underground.
A California condor leaps from a high cliff, on the lookout for carrion. Back from the brink of extinction, these huge scavengers soar across the desert for hours. They can go for two weeks without eating! Readers will learn all about the rare condor in this intriguing title.
Holi – the Hindu Festival of Colors – heralds the coming of spring. This vibrant title explores the ancient history and modern practices of this joyful holiday. Holi’s food, dance, music, and colors will captivate young readers.
Reaching speeds of up to 12 miles per hour, mambas are considered the world's fastest snakes. Readers will see what mambas look like, where they call home, and why they are one of the deadliest snakes in the world. Blastoff! Series
Grasshoppers use their back legs to jump high into the air! They often travel in swarms that can easily eat an entire field of plants. Hop into this introduction and learn all about grasshoppers. Blastoff! Series
There’s much more to our ears than meets the eye! The human ear contains a chain of important links that work together to help us hear the world around us. From the ear’s tiny bones to its fluid-filled cochlea, each part is important. In this title, young readers will learn about the small wonders inside the human ear.
Manatees are true gentle giants. Though many weigh more than 1,000 pounds, they do not use their size to overpower other sea creatures. They spend a lot of their time peacefully eating underwater grasses. Young students will close this title understanding how the manatee earned its “sea cow” nickname.
Once the favored royal companions of King Charles, Cavalier King Charles spaniels continue to charm everyone they meet! These sweet dogs love to pass the time cuddling with their human friends. Readers can snuggle up and learn about these playful companions in this beginning title.
Ladybugs are pest control workers in bright, polka-dotted uniforms. These little exterminators take care of aphids and other insect menaces for farmers by eating them up! This bug profile shows kids that ladybugs are more than just beautiful beetles—they are insects with purpose.
A wasp might sting you, but you can’t say you weren’t warned! Wasps have bright colors to caution that they do have a dangerous side. This insect introduction makes it safe for beginning readers to get up close to wasps and enter their world.
Driving around a busy downtown area can be a hassle, especially during rush hour. Cars, taxis, buses, bicycles, and pedestrians create traffic jams on city streets. So city trains are the answer for many people. In this title, beginning readers will follow city trains from stop to stop.
The average freight car can hold 200,000 pounds. This is equal to the weight of 15 male bush elephants! Early readers will be impressed by the powerful freight trains in this book moving heavy loads of food, coal, oil, and more!
High-speed trains get their speed and their nickname from their bullet-like shape. Their long, curved noses cut through air easily to allow speeds much faster than 100 miles per hour! This quick read will get elementary students turning pages and on track for reading success.